2020 Community Programming will be announced soon. 

Take a look at our 2019 programs below.

Hello, Chautauqua!: Featuring our 2019 Conservatory

July 3 • 3 p.m. • Bratton Theater
Tickets sold through the Friends of The Theater. Please call (716) 427-3462 for more information starting June 1.

Meet our 2019 Conservatory! Formerly known as How I Got This Job, this fun and intimate performance hosted by Artistic Director Andrew Borba introduces our 2019 conservatory actors and fellows to the Chautauqua community. All proceeds support the Friends of Chautauqua Theater Company.

Bratton Late Night Cabaret

August 2 • 10 p.m.
Directed by Stori Ayers
Available tickets will be distributed on the day of the performance. Check The Chautauquan Daily the week of the performance for more information.

CTC’s favorite late night talent showcase is back by popular demand! An evening of sketches and songs featuring the extraordinary talents of our 2019 conservatory.

Brown Bags

On select Thursdays at 12:15 p.m., bring a lunch to Bratton Theater and get an inside look at our upcoming productions and the craft of theater-making in our popular series of freewheeling demonstrations and discussions with artists. Free and open to the public.

June 27Take Me to Church: Theater and Religion in The Christians

July 11One touch of Nature, makes the whole world kin: An indoor discussion about performing Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream outdoors

July 18Fresh Ink: Behind the scenes of our New Play Workshop How the Light Gets In

July 25Commedia Re-imagined: One Man, Two Guvnors and Why Physical Comedy Stays Funny

August 1We’re with the Band: The Power of Music in Theater

August 8Fresh Ink 2.0: Agent 355 & On the Exhale, Two brand new plays in conversation

Free Chautauqua Shakespeare in the Park

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
In a modern verse translation by Jeff Whitty
Directed by Sarah Elizabeth Wansley

June 25–July 31, 2019

CTC’s FREE outdoor Shakespeare returns with a magical midsummer comedy. Follow jealous lovers, mischievous fairies and first time players as they journey through the woods. Love potions, live music and physical comedy enchant in this energetic 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s most beloved play.

June 25, 4 p.m. • Bestor Plaza, Chautauqua Institution

June 26, 7 p.m. • Allen Park, Jamestown

July 4, 4 p.m. • Bestor Plaza, Chautauqua Institution

July 10, 6:30 p.m. • Lakeside Park, Mayville

July 13, 6:30 p.m. • River Walk, Jamestown

July 17, 6:30 p.m. • Southern Tier Brewing Company

July 20, 6 p.m. • Bestor Plaza, Chautauqua Institution

July 31, 6:30 p.m. • Southern Tier Brewing Company 

Young Playwrights Project

July 2, 2019 • Shows at 5 & 7 p.m.

Don’t miss CTC’s public family offering of plays for youth, by youth! CTC actors will perform winning plays from surrounding elementary school young playwrights. Presented to school children and parents in 2015, the Young Playwrights Project was such a hit that it will open for the 4th year in a row, the Institution’s Family Entertainment Series 2019!

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Artistic Director: Andrew Borba
Managing Director: Sarah Clare Corporandy

Senior Staff

Company Manager: Christine McKay
Production Manager: Sarah Chandler
Marketing and Communications Director: Maggie Wilson
Production Stage Manager: Jenny Kennedy & Jenn Rae Moore (Emeritus)

Conservatory Actors

Kieran Barry, Alex Brightwell, Kelsey Deroian, Rishan Dhamija, Elizabeth Erb, Ricardy Fabre, María Gabriela Rosado González, Amara Granderson, Kayla Kearney, Alexander De Vasconcelos Matos, Sofia Bunting Newman, Madeline Seidman, Courtney stennett, Titus VanHook

Conservatory Directing and Design Fellows

Stori Ayers, Zackery Bennett, Baxter  Carlisle Chambers, Sasha Schwartz, Dorottya Vincze

Guest Artists

Stori Ayers, Tommy Crawford, Laura Dadap, Michael Kevin Darnall, Adriano Gatto, Malcom Ingram, Jamison Jones, Claire Karpen, Tasha Lawrence, Alex Morf, Daniel Pearce, Yu Ryun, Debbie Tjong, Cathryn Wake

Artistic Staff

Artistic Producer: Sarah Wansley 
Directors: Stori Ayers, Emilie Beck, Andrew Borba, Estefanía Fadul, Taibi Magar, Katherine McGerr, Patrick Walsh, Sarah Elizabeth Wansley

Designers: Angela Calin, Scott Bolman, Jill Davis, Andrew Jean, Rob Kaplowitz, Dixon Reynolds, Adam Rigg, Lee Savage, Mikaal Sulaiman, Masha Tsimring

Faculty: Andrew Borba, Chris Corporandy, Jed Diamond, Tia James, Erica Jenson, Kathleen McNenny, Dito van Reigersberg
Artistic/Marketing Apprentice: Mackie Raymond


Business/Office Manager: Liz Ellis
Assistant Company Manager: Mia Rosenfeld
Digital Print and Marketing Associate: Kevin C. Vestal

House Manager and Community Engagement Coordinator: Jordan Wagner

House Manager and Shakespeare Stage Manager: Jean E. Compton
Company Management Apprentice: Ashley Cooper

Stage Management

Stage Managers: Stephanie Buck, Jean E. Compton, Emily Glinick
Assistant Stage Managers: Christian Marshall, KJ Morton, Kira Vine
Stage Management Apprentice: Kacie Pimental, Kate Wellhofer


Assistant Production and Facilities Manager: Erin Campbell
Production Management Apprentice: Santiago Sanchez


Technical Director: Liz Haynes

Assistant Technical Director: Tom Willson
Master Carpenter: Christian Pearson
Carpenters: Hallie Patterson, Landry Tharp
Scenic Apprentice: Emily Kopchains
Scenic Charge: Erica Bastida
Assistant Scenic Charge: Bailey Braden


Costume Shop Manager: Cece Hill
Cutter/Draper and Costume Shop Foreman: Cody Lorich
First Hand/ Stitcher: Mallory Veil
Wardrobe Supervisor: Jaylene Ogle
Costumes/Wardrobe Apprentice: Paige Lockwood


Properties Master: Hyla Sue Stellhorn
Assistant Properties Master: Cooper Nickels
Properties Artisan: Taylor Travis
Props Apprentice: Meredith Platt

Sound and Electrics

Master Electrician: Jessica Bertine

Assistant Master Electrician: Stacy McQueen
Electrician/Op: Wayne Ogle
Lead Audio Engineer: John Kolbinski 

Sound Tech/Op: Alex Brock
Sound/Lighting Apprentice: Sarah Seguin

Patron Services

House Manager: Jordan Wagner
House Manager: Jean E. Compton

The Chautauqua Theater Company has a unique role to play in the American Theater -- it offers our loyal and discerning audience the best in classical, contemporary, and new plays and features a company made up of internationally acclaimed professional actors, directors, designers, playwrights and faculty, joined by 14 of the finest emerging actors in the country.

As originally conceived by founding artistic director Michael Kahn, the goal of the CTC was to build "a professional theater company centered at Chautauqua that would, in the future, be able to do a season of very, very good theater combining professional actors and students."

Under the 18-year stewardship of the incomparable Rebecca Guy, the Conservatory emerged to fill Michael's original vision of a resident company at Chautauqua. Patiently, with years of support from Chautauquans near and far, Guy built the infrastructure of a sustainable theater organization and completed the stunning renovation of Bratton Theater.

Now, the future that Michael Kahn once envisioned is here. Building on the firm foundations laid by their predecessors, our leadership team is poised to bring CTC to the forefront of summer theaters in this country and unite the twin traditions of performance and training under one Bratton roof.


History of Bratton Theater

Theater has existed at Chautauqua for over 100 years. Many theater companies have performed at Chautauqua over the last century, including the Jamestown Players, the Pittsburgh Players Club and the Chautauqua Players. The Cleveland Playhouse made Chautauqua Institution its summer home for over 51 years beginning in 1930. During that time, Normal Hall (as Bratton Theater was then called) served as the rehearsal hall and scene shop for the Chautauqua Opera Company. In the early 1980's the prestigious Acting Company made Chautauqua a recurring stop on their national touring circuit. This fortuitously brought Michael Kahn to the grounds of Chautauqua, and under his leadership, the Chautauqua Conservatory Theater Company was created in 1983 and Normal Hall became a dedicated theater space.

Andrew Borba, Artistic Director

A BorbaAndrew is in his fifth season as Artistic Director. He served eight seasons as CTC’s Associate Artistic Director and this is his 16th summer at Chautauqua Theater Company. Last Season, Andrew directed One Man, Two Guvnors. Previously for CTC he has directed As You Like It, Noises Off, The Taming of the Shrew, After Love, The Comedy of Errors, The Philadelphia Story, Macbeth, Twelfth Night, Swimming Thru Abu Dhabi and Carve as well as the inter-arts collaborations Mango Suite, Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, Ellis Island and Go West! in the Amp.

As an actor at CTC, he has appeared in Building the Wall, Our Town, Arcadia, Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, The Just, All My Sons, Frankenstein and Dracula. Outside of CTC, Andrew has performed in theaters around the country, including South Coast Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse, The Globe Theatre, Berkeley Repertory, Oregon Shakespeare Festival (five seasons), Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Dallas Theater Center, Portland Stage Company, Long Wharf and others. He has appeared multiple times on the silver screen and as a recurring character or guest star on over 30 TV shows.

This off-season Andrew directed The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Detroit Public Theater and Love’s Labour’s Lost at UC Irvine, and appeared in a recurring role on ABC's Speechless. Andrew is a graduate of Brown University and New York University. He lives in Los Angeles, and is Head of Acting and a Professor of Drama at UC Irvine.


Sarah Clare Corporandy, Managing Director

Sarah Clare

This is Sarah Clare’s 12th season with Chautauqua Theater Company. Having started at CTC in 2009 as Company Manager, she took over the role of Managing Director in 2012. She has also served as line producer for two of Chautauqua’s inter-arts collaborations: The Romeo & Juliet Project and Go West!.

Sarah Clare is co-Founder and co-Producing Artistic Director of the Detroit Public Theatre (detroitpublictheatre.org) located in midtown Detroit, which will enter its fifth season this fall 2019. She most recently was seen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Detroit Public Theatre. She has also served as Managing Director for Philadelphia’s Pig Iron Theater Co., and as Company Manager for Barrington Stage and for New York Stage & Film. She was an artistic partner with the Canadian- American cross-border Breathe Art Theater Project, and has served on the advisory boards of New York Shakespeare Exchange and the Serenbe Playhouse in Georgia.

Sarah Clare held a professorship at Savannah College of Art and Design, teaching in the master’s program for arts administration on both the Savannah and Atlanta campuses and through their online eLearning program. She currently serves as a professor at SCAD and has taught at the University of Kentucky and Wayne State University. Her work has been published in the International Journal of the Arts in Society. Sarah Clare earned her BA in voice and theater from Hope College and an MFA in arts administration from Wayne State University.

Signature Staged Readings

Due to our limited resources, we are unable to accept unsolicited scripts at this time. Agent submissions may be sent to Artistic Producer Sarah Wansley at wansley@ctcompany.org

Over the last eleven years, CTC has been committed to using our resources to launch new work onto the stage and into the industry. Our signature staged reading format offers a unique bridge between written play and production. Though performed script-in-hand, plays are staged, receive design and technical support, and run for three ticketed performances in our 270-seat Bratton Theater. As one of our playwrights described it, “CHQ’s NPW series is not just another music stand stop for plays in development – it's an exceptional opportunity to see the play come to life on its feet in front of a wonderfully supportive audience.”

Past seasons have hosted new work by Anna Ziegler, Zayd Dohrn, Molly Smith Metzler, Nick Gandiello, Chelsea Marcantel, Heidi Armbruster, Kate Fodor, Rinne Groff, Quincy Long, and Michael Mitnick, among others. Our past NPWs have gone on to receive productions both off-Broadway at Manhattan Theater Club, Primary Stages, Playwrights Horizons and at regional theaters across the country.

New Play Development at CTC is made possible in part by a generous grant from The Roe Green Foundation.


How the Light Gets In

By E. M. Lewis
Directed by Emilie Beck
July 18–20

While grappling with her recent cancer diagnosis, a travel writer meets a frustrated Japanese architect, a homeless girl who lives under a weeping willow tree, and a tattoo artist who doesn’t want to use his gift. How the Light Gets Inis a poetic and quirky romantic comedy about four lonely people who find each other when one of them falls apart.

On the Exhale

By Martín Zimmerman
Directed by Patrick Walsh (CTC Directing Fellow alum)
An Actor/Director Workshop
August 14–18

When the tragedy of mass shootings hits home, one mother finds herself inexplicably drawn to the weapon that changed her life forever. On the Exhale is a powerful solo performance featuring CTC alumna Claire Karpen, directed by CTC alumnus Patrick Walsh.

Agent 355

Music, Lyrics and Book by Preston Max Allen
Book and Dramaturgy by Jessica Kahkoska
Directed by Estefanía Fadul
August 15–18

True story: during the Revolutionary War, an unidentified female spy helped George Washington and his army to victory. Today, a contemporary all-female band is determined to figure out who she was. In the New Play Workshop's first musical, Agent 355 explores the loyalty, heritage, and courage of six real Revolutionary women whose stories, sacrifices, and secrets shaped the nation.